North Myrtle Beach Lifeguard Flags Explained & Beach Safety Tips

Welcome to sunny North Myrtle Beach! Known for its beautiful location along the pristine Grand Strand and for offering some of the most family-friendly attractions and restaurants along the East Coast, it’s not hard to see why North Myrtle is an annual tradition for many.

Barefoot Landing, award-winning golf courses, and world-class restaurants are just a few of the popular things to do in the area. But, the beach most definitely steals the show.

Situated along the northern end of the Grand Strand, North Myrtle Beach enjoys ~15 miles of coastline. Located outside of the hustle and bustle of the main Myrtle Beach stretch, North Myrtle offers a slower pace. Visitors flock to our sandy shores each year to enjoy our wide-open beaches, which are ideal for swimming, surfing, and basking in the sun.

Of course, the number one priority when visiting any beach is safety! The North Myrtle Beach public beaches adhere to the standard beach warning flag system, and it’s a good idea to be familiar with what these flags mean prior to your trip. These flags will be visible along the beach and can give you a heads up on current beach water conditions.

Here’s a quick guide to North Myrtle Beach warning flags:

Double Red Flag – Water Closed to the Public

Water is closed to the public. Swimming is not permitted.

Red Flag – High Hazard

Rough conditions, like strong surf and/or surf, are present. Swimming is strongly discouraged for all beach visitors. Those entering the water should exercise extreme care.

Yellow Flag – Medium Hazard

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Moderate surf and/or currents are present. Weak swimmers should avoid entering the water. Advanced swimmers should exercise caution.

Green Flag – Low Hazard

North Myrtle Beach Lifeguard Flags Explained & Beach Safety Tips
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No or very light surf and/or currents are present. Swimming is considered safe for visitors of all levels.

Purple Flag – Dangerous Marine Life

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Dangerous marine life, like jellyfish, stingrays, or other marine life are present in the water and exposure can cause minor injury. Swimmers are advised to exercise caution. Please also note that this flag does not indicate the presence of sharks or extremely dangerous marine life.

In addition to posted signs, marine flags, and a full-time lifeguard staff, North Myrtle Beach also offers a beach patrol division for added protection. The beach patrol is responsible for law enforcement along the beach and for the overall safety of all beach visitors. Each officer employed is fully certified in CPR and the use of automated external defibrillators. The patrol division is active throughout the year with officers present in trucks, various off-road vehicles, and even bikes. Feel free to approach an officer if you ever have a question about beach safety or if you need assistance.

Beach Safety Tips

Here are a few other tips to keep you safe during your trip to the beach:

  1. Swim near a lifeguard – North Myrtle Beach does hire a full staff to man the 54 lifeguard towers located along the 10+ miles of beachfront.
  2. Use sunscreen – North Myrtle Beach enjoys a sunny beach season that lasts from late spring through the fall. The use and reapplication of sunscreen with at least 30 SPF is recommended for beach guests of all ages. Hats and beach umbrellas are also recommended to limit direct sun exposure.
  3. Drink water – A long day at the beach can be exhausting! Be sure you stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
  4. Review rip current procedures – Though they are generally rare along the North Myrtle Beach coast, rip currents are real and they do happen. Be sure that everyone in your group knows how to swim to safety through a rip current to mitigate the risk.
  5. Obey posted signs and flags – Be sure to review all area signs and flags to be aware of current beach conditions and adjust your plans accordingly.

Beach Etiquette Tips

  1. Do not litter. Bring a trash bag with you for clean up and dispose of items in designated trash areas that are provided near beach entrances.
  2. Do not bring glass on the beach. Glass can break and easily blends in with the sand.
  3. Do not set up umbrellas, tents, or chairs on the dunes or near beach fences. And, as a reminder, large tents are not permitted on the beach.
  4. Do not leave children unattended.
  5. Do not walk your dog off the leash, and obey general dog laws. No dogs are allowed on the beach between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. from May 15th – September 15th.

North Myrtle Beach Resorts with Lazy Rivers

If you are looking to vacation in North Myrtle Beach you know that water is never far away. The majority of our vacation rental condos are oceanfront while the rest are just a short walk to the beach.

Wherever you stay, you’ll want to make sure your resort has those “must-haves” that everyone in your family needs on vacation! To help you, we’ve compiled a list from a very popular request: North Myrtle Beach resorts with lazy rivers.

Search the resorts below and visit each page to find more information, our selection of condo rentals at the resort and complete your booking easily.

Questions? Feel free to contact us & we can help.

The Ashworth

Location: Main Street/Ocean Drive Area

With its spacious and multiple-bedroom condos, The Ashworth is an ideal pick for a family on vacation. Located at the Ocean drive section, this resort offers a warm and relaxing atmosphere to visiting tourists. The condos in this resort each have their own private balcony that guarantees a peaceful stay and very beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean kissing the beach.

The premium amenities that are offered by this establishment include Onsite pools and hot tubs, a lazy river for fun and relaxation, a sundeck, a fitness center and free high speed internet that will allow for you to share your beautiful pictures with family and friends.

This facility is also located close to shopping, entertainment and dining amenities.

Baywatch Tower 1

Location: Crescent Beach Area

Baywatch Towers 1 is a sophisticated resort that accommodates between 6 and 10 people. It has units with one to three bedrooms. The amenities offered by this facility include a restaurant and lounge, an outdoor lazy river, an indoor, outdoor and kiddie pool and a beautiful view of the North Myrtle Beach. Shopping, dining and entertainment centers are also within reach. This resort is the perfect stay in location when one wants a pampering experience.

Baywatch Tower 2

Location: Crescent Beach Area

If you like what Baywatch Tower 1 offers but you are a bigger group, worry not, Baywatch Tower 2 is the resort that will sort your needs. This establishment accommodates between 4 and 14 people. It is equipped with amenities that will not only make your stay comfortable, but memorable.

Baywatch Tower 3

Location: Crescent Beach Area

Baywatch Tower 3 offers comfort and convenience at the same time. If you have travelled in a group, the condos have sleeper sofas that will bail you out. The condos have a beautiful view overlooking the white sandy beaches and Atlantic Ocean. If you are into golf, this facility provides these services as well.

Bluewater Keyes

Location: Crescent Beach Area

This resort is a beautiful property that is oceanfront! A good option to consider when looking to stay at the beach as a couple. It has an indoor, outdoor pool, a hot tub, an exercising room and free Wi-Fi.

Crescent Keyes

Location: Crescent Beach Area

Crescent Keyes is best described as an easy environment. It is an ocean front condo that can accommodate 8 -10 people. With a great balcony view for the sunrises and sunsets, a lazy river for relaxing and unwinding and its location being favorable to activities such as parasailing and banana boat rides, Crescent Keyes serves as a good resort option.

Crescent Shores

Location: Crescent Beach Area

Crescent Shores resort is a two-tower majestic delight! It is a very popular option for families that are looking to vacation in North Myrtle Beach. The condominiums have two, three and four bedroom options and serve a lot of space that can be utilized by big vacationing groups. Your family will love the lazy river, pool, exercise room and high speed internet that the facility has to offer.

Laguna Keyes

Location: Cherry Grove Area

The Laguna Keyes is a popular property at Cherry Grove Beach. It has ocean front condos that accommodate up to eight people. It has a simple yet warm setting that would work well for a vacationing group that is seeking thrill and tranquility at the same time.

North Shore Villas

Location: Ocean Drive Area

If new and luxurious is what you are looking for from a resort, then North Shore Villas offers this and more. It has very spacious condos that have multiple bedrooms and beautiful amenities that can greatly contribute to your vacation. All this topped up with a beautiful beach and oceanic view.

Ocean Bay Club

Location: Ocean Drive Area

One word that can be used to describe this resort is simple. The simplicity of this property provides a calm and relaxing atmosphere that can work well with a get away. The condos can accommodate up to 10 people. It is also close to necessary amenities in the area.

South Shore Villas

Location: Crescent Beach Area

South Shore Villas offer a first class experience that would work well for a family. So if you are looking for that pampering when on vacation, this is the place to stay. The villas have only 63 condominiums which means no crowding. The magnificent ocean front units automatically transform this resort into a premier property. What more could you ask for in a resort?

The Verandas

Location: Ocean Drive Area

The units at the Verandas are small but cozy. The resort is very ideal for a couple or a small group of people seeking to vacation. It is centrally located and has relaxing amenities such as a lazy river that one can enjoy with their family.

Windy Hill Dunes

Location: Windy Hill Area

Windy Hill Dunes is a fun and comfortable complex. It has units with three and four bedrooms that can comfortably accommodate a family. The finishing on this facility is impeccable and oozes of class and comfort. The rooms are also very well equipped.

When in North Myrtle Beach, pick a resort with a lazy river from the best the area has to offer, then sit back and enjoy your vacation while sipping a cool drink on a hot day!

Explore The Beach In A Unique Way With North Myrtle Beach Horseback Riding

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There are so many ways to explore and enjoy the picturesque North Myrtle Beach coastline… by foot, by bike, by boat, and even by horse! Yes—horse!

Perfect for couples and families, group events and special occasions, beach horseback riding is the hottest new activity and is a unique and fun way to take in the beautiful beach surroundings.

Curious about how you can make your horseback riding dreams a reality? We’ve got your guide!

Beach horseback riding services are offered at Inlet Point Plantation, which is the only area along the Grand Strand where horses are allowed on the beach. The scenic beach property offers more than 4,000 acres of expertly manicured and maintained wilderness. The plantation features several historic homes and barns, a wide array of natural wildlife, gorgeous oak trees and landscaping, and access to Waites Island, an expansive private beachfront estate.

Locally owned and operated by the Smith family, Inlet Point Plantation currently owns 45+ horses that are cared for on-site. The full-time, professional staff is trained to care for the various breeds that the plantation houses, including Tennessee Walkers, Warmbloods, Appaloosas, and Belgians. The owners take the utmost care and responsibility for their gentle giants and are happy to answer any and all questions about the horses.

Inlet Point Plantation offers several unique beach horseback riding packages.

Tour Price Per GuestAge RestrictionDescription
One hour beach island ride$1207+ A scenic oceanfront beach tour on Waites Island
Two hour plantation & beach tour$1607+A one hour oceanfront beach tour followed by a one hour plantation tour
Waites Island Beach & Plantation Journey$17512+A one hour private oceanfront tour for an experienced rider
One hour sunset beach ride$2007+ A one hour oceanfront tour during sunset
Waterway Trail Ride$607+A one hour horseback ride along the Intracoastal Waterway
Pony Rides$35 (30 mins)$20 (15 mins)Children under 7A hand-led horse ride through the plantation pecan groves

Each horseback tour is led by a professional horse handler. Safety is a top priority, so each member of the tour will be briefed with safety basics prior to embarking on the trip. Riders are also matched with a horse that best suits individual needs, experience, and personality. Meeting and getting to know your horse is half the fun! Tour guides are passionate about horses and about the Grand Strand. Feel free to ask questions along the interactive tour, guides are happy to lend their expertise on local events and history.

Horseback riding along the beach is certainly a special occasion enough, but if you are celebrating something, like a birthday or anniversary, or if you want to make the event extra special, take advantage of one of the tour add-ons available.

Horseback Tour Upgrades

UpgradeCostDetails
Private island beach ride upgrade$100 (per party)Make your beach tour private! Great for birthdays, group events, proposals, and more!
Youth birthday party package$150Four hour birthday party in the pecan grove picnic area. Two horses to be used for pony rides during the party.
Professional photos$30+Professional photography during your beach excursion.

A horseback ride along the beach is the perfect way to create priceless memories in North Myrtle Beach. Inlet Point Plantation is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tours are provided year-round, though availability does vary based on seasonality and weather. Call (843) 249-2989 to inquire about tours or to book your session!

Do you still have questions? Check out our list of FAQs below:

What are horseback riding age restrictions?

Most of the tours offered at Inlet Point Plantation can be taken by guests seven years or older. ‘Experienced’ riders for the ‘journey’ tour need to be at least twelve years of age.

Do I need experience to take a horseback riding tour?

No experience is required to take a tour!

Can riders share a horse?

Unfortunately, no. Due to safety concerns, the plantation only allows a single rider per horse.

Do I need a reservation?

Yes! Reservations are required. Please call in advance to save your spot.

Is there a weight limit?

No! The only requirement is that a rider is able to mount the horse using only a mounting block.

Is there a dress code?

There is no dress code, though comfortable attire is recommended. You will be outside, so dress according to the weather.

Are there restrooms along the tour?

No, the only restrooms on the property are in the stable lobby.

Can we get off the horses at the beach?

Group tours do not allow riders to take breaks along the beach. There are exceptions for private tours and photo packages.

Kayaking In North Myrtle Beach: Tours & Launch Spots

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Kayaking is one of the most popular water sports in North Myrtle Beach It really does offer something for everyone. It is great for people who want to exercise their bones without exerting too much pressure on themselves, and those who simply crave for an exciting pastime. All you need is a kayak, or a small boat and a double-bladed oar for paddling across the water. If you’re traveling to the North Myrtle Beach area, you have several choices for water sports like fishing charters, paddle boarding, jet ski rentals or kayaking.

The following are your kayaking options in North Myrtle Beach.

North Myrtle Beach Kayaking Tours

Great Escapes Kayaking Tours

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A kayak is one of those things you are not likely to own so, you have to rent them whenever you need some. Great Escapes Kayak will offer you a kayak as well as a guided tour of North Myrtle Beach. They have a variety of kayaks either for your family or that special someone in your life. Stand up Paddle Boards are also exclusively available here and guided tours on the river are just a call away.

Website: http://greatescapeskayak.com/

Address: 241 Main St, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582

Phone: 843-241-4588

J & L Kayak

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If you value the sense of family, this is the place to go. It is a family operated business and therefore the best placed to understand your family needs. J & L Kayak tailor their services to cater for everybody across the board, ranging from greenhorns to the experienced paddlers. Their knowledgeable guides will help you out through your kayaking experience while maintaining a friendly and family atmosphere the whole time.

Website: http://jandlkayaking.com/

Address: 4208 Exchange St., Little River, South Carolina 29566

Phone: 843-267-6816

Kokopelli Tours and Rentals

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At Kokopelli Tours and Rentals, you will enjoy private and group kayaking lessons. In addition, they can deliver kayaks and other surfing gear anywhere you want. If you love the thrill of the ocean’s great waters, you are at home here since their guides have a wide experience and are duly certified and licensed. Money is not the only thing on their radar as they strive to keep the environment clean, ensuring a safe and ecologically health surfing experience.

Website: http://kokopellisurfcamp.com

Address: 3500 N Ocean Blvd, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582

Phone: 843-340-9565

Lighthouse Watersports

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If you are planning to spend a whole week at North Myrtle Beach, it would be prudent to seek the services of Lighthouse Watersports. This is because they offer week-long kayaking services at flat rates. At just $140, you have a whole kayak to yourself for a whole week. Tandem kayaks are available for $160, so you can have your friend or family member tag along. Nevertheless, you will have to remember to make an early booking and be available to pick your gear on Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning. You don’t have to pay them a visit as you can do the booking online or by telephone.

Website: http://lighthousewatersports.com/

Address: Boat Slip D #6, 4909 Fish Factory Rd, Southport, NC 28461

Phone: 910-808-1713

Have Your Own Kayak? Use The Cherry Grove Boat Launch

If you are among the lucky few to own their own kayaks, there is nothing in North Myrtle Beach to prevent you from using it as all you need is a boat launching space. Go down 53rd Avenue North and you will find the Cherry Grove Park and Boat Ramp which has plenty of parking spaces, a two-lane boat launch, fishing pier and a bird-watching pavilion.

Kayaking is a popular adventure in North Myrtle Beach, where you get to explore many options for renting kayaking gear or taking your own boat out and exploring!

Local’s Favorites: The Best Seafood Restaurants In North Myrtle Beach

Are you planning to visit North Myrtle Beach? If you are, then you should ensure that you enjoy some of the seafood prepared by the best restaurants in the area. While there is no shortage of places along the beach to find seafood, local North Myrtle Beach residents seem to have a few favorites we’d like to share with you. Here are the top 5 North Myrtle Beach seafood restaurants to visit during your visit (in no order).

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Duffy Street Seafood Shack

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This Cherry Grove area restaurant offers great seafood with the southern style we’ve come to love. If you want to enjoy your stay in the beach, you should ensure that you visit this restaurant since you will always be met with the quality that would match your expectations. In addition, you should remember that Duffy Street Seafood Shack restaurant has some of the trained chefs who will ensure that you enjoy stay in the city.

When you visit the restaurant, the staff will ensure that they offer great services and excellent seafood at reasonable prices.

The popular Onion Rings will have you wanting to come back again later that day just to taste the deep-fried goodness all over again. We’re also partial to the popular steamed Oysters — 12 fresh served with crackers and sauce/butter for just $12.99 is a great value.

Sea Merchants Restaurant

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Sea Merchants Restaurant has been operating for over 25 years, but many visitors to the beach don’t even know about it! Sea Merchants Restaurant is definitely a wonderful place for families to go. The seafood is uniquely different at the same time spectacularly delicious. When you visit them, you will find that wait staff are full of personality, helpful, and really love their time helping you pick the perfect dish.

Atmosphere of the restaurant is an older style, fireplace, wooden table, cloth napkins. When you visit, you will enjoy yummy tasty shrimp and tasteful scallops that makes them a perfect place if you love unique flavors. You will always get some of the best deals especially for those visiting the restaurant ordering their fresh fish dishes that are very tasty.

Boardwalk Billy’s Restaurant

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For those who need a casual early dinner, this should be their restaurant of choice. Their seafood is really good. You will enjoy species of mollusks, raw Oysters which the restaurant prepares very well. In addition, they have outdoor patio where you can sit to enjoy your food while having a look at the water. During your stay, you can play some games such as beanbag toss. You will definitely enjoy yourself during your stay in the Crescent Beach area for your vacation.

Their prices during happy hour are awesome with seafood choices (about 1/2 pound of crab legs going for only $7, sushi ranging from $2.99 to $3.99). You will enjoy your time when visiting this popular area restaurant. Make sure to come early, it can fill up with lots of guests to the area later on during the day.

Flying Fish Public Market & Grill

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The restaurant specializes in offering Flounder, Cod, Sea Bass and Oysters which are excellent in terms of their flavor profile. When you visit them, you will always have a wide range of options that you can choose from when visiting the restaurant.

Eating at the Flying Fish Market & Grill will give you an experience that will live in your mind till the next visit back to the beach! All seafood they offer is perfectly seasoned and cooked fresh. You will always be happy that you will enjoy your time eating mouth-watering food during your vacation. In addition, music and live entertainment shows keep you entertained when visiting the beach for your holidays for the first time.

Eugene Platt’s Seafood

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Another amazing seafood spot is the Eugene Platt’s Seafood Market that has all you need especially when visiting the Cherry Grove area. They offer special shrimp, crab legs, calamari salad, flounder, and included cocktail sauce that you can enjoy during your stay at your condo rental. In addition, you will find that they have fair prices and their seafood is often some of the most fresh anywhere in North Myrtle Beach! While not a traditional restaurant with seating, you can take your food to-go and enjoy at your own pace.

Great restaurant to get fresh seafood! Our guests love their steamed shrimp with special ‘house’ seasoning. In terms of their prices, they often some of the best prices especially when you want to save some money during your stay at North Myrtle Beach. Apart from their excellent seafood, you can enjoy the cool climate and sea breeze during your visit.

In conclusion, the restaurants we’ve highlighted are the top 5 North Myrtle Beach seafood restaurants to visit during your vacation especially when you want to get fresh locally-caught seafood!

North Myrtle Beach vs Myrtle Beach

You really can’t go wrong when choosing a Coastal South Carolina location to spend that much-needed vacation time away. Many people are drawn to Myrtle Beach just based on being so familiar with the name. But did you know that North Myrtle Beach is a separate city in itself, that’s close by and offers so much more?

It’s worth your time to take a closer look before making your vacation plans. At Grand Strand Resorts we have hundreds of reasons that are sure to convince you why North Myrtle Beach is far superior to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Here are just the obvious ones.

Myrtle Beach is Crowded!

Why Choose North Myrtle Beach Over Myrtle Beach
North Myrtle Beach is less crowded and overall calmer than Myrtle Beach. It’s more suited to those that want to get away and unwind.

Our Beaches Are Family-Friendly

Why Choose North Myrtle Beach Over Myrtle Beach
North Myrtle Beach is incredibly family-friendly. Why go somewhere that you have to worry about losing the kids. Stay with us and experience the difference a family-friendly beach can make.

We Can Save You Money

Why Choose North Myrtle Beach Over Myrtle Beach
Save money when you stay with Grand Strand Resorts. Our oceanfront rooms are typically less expensive than what they’ll change in Myrtle Beach.

We’ll Give You Space to Spread Out!

Why Choose North Myrtle Beach Over Myrtle Beach
When it comes to spreading out on the beach you’ll appreciate how much wider yet more secluded the beaches are in North Myrtle Beach.

Our Water is Cleaner

Why Choose North Myrtle Beach Over Myrtle Beach
It’s a fact! Our ocean water is just an overall better quality than nearby beaches according to the federal government’s S.C. Beach Access & Water Quality Guide.

No High Rise Buildings Here

Why Choose North Myrtle Beach Over Myrtle Beach
Just look around! You’ll immediately notice the lack of tall high rise buildings around North Myrtle Beach that populate the beachfront further south. Come visit us where the view is accessible from all of our vacation rentals.

North Myrtle Beach Rental Chairs & Umbrella Information

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There is nothing quite like a relaxing, luxurious beach vacation in South Carolina. Whether you want to enjoy invigorating water sports and other lively activities, or you would rather just lay back and leisurely absorb the sight of the sea, the sunshine, and the sounds of the waves, all while sipping away at a cool, refreshing drink – you want to make sure that you are able to do so in maximum comfort, while you are also being protected from the heat.

Bringing your own beach chairs and umbrellas -especially if arriving with children- is unnecessarily complicated; North Myrtle beach chairs are readily available for short- and long-term rentals through North Myrtle Beach Services. From late April to mid-October, you can rent beach chairs and umbrellas from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm each day. Beach Services can also help you to set up your reserved chairs ahead, taking all chores off your shoulders, so you can relax and enjoy your well-deserved vacation without having to worry about any technical details, delays, or frustration. For your complete ease of mind, Beach Services are offering cold drinks and refreshments as well -at an additional cost -along the beach, making your North Myrtle Beach vacation even more hassle-free and convenient.

How To Rent Beach Chairs and Umbrellas

Renting your beach chairs and umbrellas is extremely easy! You have two simple options to choose from:

Call Beach Services at (843) 280-5684, or
Visit the website of the City of North Myrtle Beach Parks and Recreation Department to secure your rental at http://nmb.us/apps/beachservices/home.aspx

Whichever option you may select, you will be presented with the available Daily, Weekly, and Season passes, along with special, Combo Packages offered.

North Myrtle Beach List of Chair and Umbrella Rentals

You have many convenient rental options to choose from:

Daily Rental Prices:

Full Day Chair, plus any additional extra chairs: $10
Full Day Umbrellas, plus any additional extra umbrellas: $15
Daily Combo, including 2 chairs and 1 umbrella: $25

Weekly Rental Prices (Buy 6 Days, Get 1 Day Free):

Weekly Chair rental: $60
Weekly Umbrella rental: $90
Weekly Combo, including 2 chairs and 1 umbrella: $150

Season Pass:

Includes two chairs and one umbrella: $600

All prices are valid as of January, 2019.

As you see, renting North Myrtle Beach chairs needn’t be a complicated process. Begin to plan your South Carolina getaway now, and rest assured, you will have a relaxing, comfortable, and worry-free stay in North Myrtle Beach!

The Best Grocery Stores In North Myrtle Beach

You finally made it to the land of fun and sun! No doubt you’re eager to sink your toes into warm sand, play in the salty sea and let your cares melt away. But before you do that, you may need to take care of a few practical things first, like buying groceries.

All of our vacation rentals in North Myrtle Beach come with fully equipped kitchens, making it easy to enjoy a night or two in during your vacation. We have plenty of grocery stores in our area to meet your shopping needs, each one conveniently located near local neighborhoods so you never have to drive far.

Which one should you choose? It all depends on where you’re staying and what you’re looking for. North Myrtle Beach stretches from Barefoot Landing to Cherry Grove, and within that distance offers everything you could ask for.

Boulineau’s IGA

Cherry Grove is a narrow spit of land dominated by the Atlantic Ocean on one side and a beautiful inlet on the other. It’s the most remote area in all of North Myrtle Beach. The grocery store that serves this area is Boulineau’s IGA at the corner of Sea Mountain Highway and Ocean Boulevard. Boasting two floors and a lighthouse structure on one corner, Boulineau’s is instantly recognizable to locals and tourists alike.

Downstairs you’ll find a comprehensive grocery store, although the selection is limited compared to other stores. The prices are somewhat higher as well. However, the meat selection is good and the bakery offers a wealth of tasty treats to enjoy. In addition, the cafeteria serves up hot breakfast, lunch and dinner every day.

Upstairs is home to a large souvenir shop complete with everything you need to enjoy a day on the beach. You can even get a fishing license and buy bait and tackle here!

Publix

Publix is located off Highway 17 North in the attractive Coastal North Town Center. Not only is Publix arguably the supermarket with the widest selection of goods in the North Myrtle Beach area, it’s also nestled amid a plethora of other stores that will tempt to you stay much longer than you intended to. Publix is spacious, clean and abounding with variety. The bakery offers a delicious array of goodies, the deli is stocked with meats that are freshly sliced to your liking and the meat department has choices that include steaks, roasts, clams, crab legs, lobster, octopus and fish. The international aisle may introduce you to things you’ve never tried before. There are good wine and beer selections, the health and beauty department has more items than most grocery stores and the wellness section offers holistic alternatives to regular over-the-counter remedies.

Once you’ve completed your grocery shopping, more choices for fun await! The shopping plaza includes T.J. Maxx, ULTA Beauty, Versona and Dick’s Sporting Goods. Dining options include Chipotle, amaZing’s Kitchen and Hickory Tavern.

Walmart

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That old standby, Walmart, is located in the Gator Hole Plaza less than a mile south of Publix, where it shares space with other retail giants like Home Depot, Office Depot and Petco. It has everything you would expect from a Walmart. The lines can get very long, however, especially during the summer months when the tourist season is strong. If you’re happy to brave the crowd, you’ll find Subway and a pretzel shop inside this store, the bakery is quite nice and the prices are always reasonable.

Aldi

The most recent addition to the North Myrtle Beach family of grocery stores, Aldi is a stripped down, unpretentious grocery store that chooses to go frills-free in order to pass the savings down to the customer. You won’t hear music or advertisements and you won’t be greeted by expensive displays or shelving. Instead, you’ll find incredible deals on both name-brand and off-brand products (that are often just as good as the original, if not better). Bring a quarter with you when you come; you’ll have to insert it in the lock on the shopping carts before you can release one to use. However, you get that quarter back when you return the cart. It’s a smart way to stop people from leaving their shopping carts rolling free in the parking lot.

Kroger

Kroger is located on Main Street in North Myrtle Beach, the same street where the annual Shag festivals are held. While it does have a rather dated exterior, this Kroger is nevertheless quite clean and comfortable, with a very good produce selection and reasonable prices. It also has a pharmacy that stays open until 8pm on weekdays and 6pm on weekends.

Bi-Lo

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Bi-Lo has two locations in North Myrtle Beach. One is on Main Street, directly across from Kroger. The other is located next to the entrance to Barefoot Landing. As is the case with Kroger, both are rather dated buildings. The Barefoot location has better selection than the Main Street one. However, the prices at both are sometimes surprisingly high. Check the sale pages before you shop so you don’t miss out on any deals.

Here’s a bonus tip: if you love fresh produce and supporting local farmers, check out the Waccamaw Market Cooperative. They host a farmer’s market in North Myrtle Beach every Friday from the beginning of May to the end of October. You can find them under the pavilion at 925 1st Avenue South, situated directly across from the town library.

Explore The Ocean: Dolphin Tours in Myrtle Beach

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If you’re looking for a way to get an up-close look at the world beneath the waves in North Myrtle Beach, a dolphin tour is a great way to see some of the beautiful wildlife in an unforgettable way! Dolphin cruises and tours are specifically designed to seek out whales, dolphins, and other marine mammals in their natural habitat, so that you’re sure to have a vacation experience that you’ll never forget.

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The Best North Myrtle Beach Sports Bars To Visit During Your Vacation

As you know, North Myrtle Beach is a great vacation spot regardless of the time of year you visit. Fortunately, if you are a sports bar fan, you will find there are many establishments of this type from which to choose in our great beach town! If you are staying in one of our vacation rentals and want to visit the best sports bars North Myrtle Beach has to offer, you should consider those listed below:

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